Football: AC Milan stuns Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League

MILAN (AP) - AC Milan stunned Barcelona 2-0 in the first leg of its Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, beating the Spanish giant for the first time in eight matches.

Kevin-Prince Boateng gave Milan the lead in controversial circumstances in the 57th minute. Cristian Zapata appeared to handle Riccardo Montolivo's assist in the build-up.

Barcelona players protested but to no avail and Gerard Pique was booked in the process.

Sulley Muntari sealed the win nine minutes from time with a well-worked goal.

It was a deserved win for Milan, which contained Barcelona's potent attack impressively, allowing it just two shots on target all match.

The result caps a stunning turnaround of fortunes for Milan. Massimiliano Allegri's side started the season dreadfully and was 15th in the Italian league after eight games. It is now third.